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February 06, 2016 08:01:05 AM by DaBunny
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DIY Gemstone Candles

Looking for a fun craft project to start your new year? Then try your hand at these DIY gemstone candles! These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion. Theyre great for weddings too!

What youll need:

soy wax
micas or candle dye in colors of choice
medium wooden wick
shallow heat proof ceramic or glass bowl (at least 5.65″-6″ in diameter)
diamond silicone mold
digital scale
large Pyrex measuring cup and microwave (or a double boiler)
fragrance oil of choice

What youll do:

Begin by making your gemstones to use as decoration around the outside of the candle. To make these, use a digital scale to weigh out 3.75 oz. of beeswax to fill all six of the diamond shaped mold cavities. (If you dont want yellow gemstones, use white cosmetic beeswax.) Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power in the microwave until the beeswax has melted. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Once melted, mix in mica powder of your choice until you reach the desired color. Now pour the melted and colored beeswax into the mold. Allow the beeswax to harden completely, then carefully remove the beeswax diamonds from the mold cavities.

Now prepare the soy wax for the bowl. The amount of wax and fragrance oil used for your candle will vary based on the size of the bowl you choose.

Fill the bowl with soy wax flakes by scooping them into the bowl until its full. Weigh out the amount of soy wax in the bowl. You can do this by placing a large Pyrex measuring cup onto your digital scale and pressing tare. Once the weight equals zero, add the soy wax to the Pyrex measuring cup on the scale. Record the weight of the soy wax you have.

Now melt your soy wax either in the microwave or in a double boiler. Once it has melted, remove from heat.

Place your wooden wick in the center of your bowl while you are waiting for the soy wax to cool down. Simply place the wick into the metal base, dip into the melted wax, then place in the center of the bowl.

Once your wax starts to cloud, its ready to pour. If you are using a fragrance oil, weigh out the fragrance oil at 10% of the amount of soy wax you previously recorded. So if you have 5 oz. of melted soy wax, youll weigh out and stir .5 oz. of fragrance oil into the wax.

Now pour the scented soy wax into the bowl around your wooden wick. Allow the soy wax to solidify completely.

Now place your gemstones around the outer edge of your bowl of solidified soy wax. Youll want to leave a wide circle around the wick where the soy wax will pool once lit so that it doesnt melt your gemstones as it burns.

Now weigh out about 1/3 to 1/2 of the amount of soy wax you recorded earlier. Melt the wax, allow to cool, then add your fragrance oil at 10% of the new amount of soy wax. Now pour the soy wax around into the bowl around the wick and gems.

Allow the wax to cool and harden completely.

Wait 24 hours before lighting your candle. Then cut the wick to 1/4″ and light.

Be sure to follow all safety precautions entailed with burning your candle and keep it away from flammable objects. Also be sure to blow your candle out if you leave and never leave your candle burning unattended.

April 25, 2017 10:11:11 AM by craftylittlemonkey
Views: 7858 | Comments: 27
With shibori elements Wink.

A while ago I turned scraps saved from many other projects into new pieces of fabric.

The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:

A bit after that I made some beads out of scraps.

The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:

I knew I'd figure out something to do with them eventually and then for a private swap with cmarion I did. I made them into a book.

Ribbon sewn to the covers and the signatures, those have 4 pages each (2 folded in half), caron multimedia paper. I ended up making 2 more signatures that are not pictured here so the book has a total of 20 pages. The fabric beads are used to make a piano hinge binding. I added a bit of ribbon to the top inside corner of one cover as a book mark. Many of those could be included with decorative elements knotted or stitched to them to fancy up the thing even more if desired.

The cover needs to move independently from the pages so gets it's own beads for the hinge. If you don't quite understand this sort of book binding there are lots of tutorials online illustrating how it's done with paper that should make it understandable. This is not exactly the same but it's similar enough that you can figure it out.
Attaching everything was tricky, I recommend taking your time and not attempting to stitch it all at once if you give this project a go. It's a lot of layers of fabric to sew through and ended up hurting my fingers because I am impatient and silly.
The centre beads the pages are attached to need to be sewn together, you can see they are already stitched together here before the pages were added.

Here's a closer look. The pages were stitched in very loosely, once all the beads were attached to the ribbon binding, I pulled the stitches tight and knotted them off. Thread ends are buried inside the beads so they are not loose and won't come undone.  

I reinforced the covers with some decorative lace just to be sure the scrap fibers had a more stable base since they'll be handled the most. And it looks pretty, there's always that element to consider Wink.

The hinges are aligned and sticks inserted to hold it all together.

The separate cover hinges let the book open flat.

I think the spine is the most beautiful part.

Keeping the sticks in place can be done in many ways but I chose to wrap them with string. I used a short stick between the main 2 to hold them apart a bit and bound them with left over string used for shibori dying at a workshop last year. Precious, precious scraps. I love every little left over thread and bit of fabric confetti, lol.

I could have added more rows of beads to make a thicker book but I intended it to be the sort of journal that could be stuffed with things, it can expand to hold a lot of inserts, paper etc glued to the pages.

April 16, 2017 07:03:15 AM by craftylittlemonkey
Views: 5231 | Comments: 13
After posting this tiny mushroom tutorial I made some larger fungi to share.

First cut out some half circles. You can add spots using small circles of felt, beads, french knots, or sequins or you can leave them plain, they are cute either way.

The stems are rectangles of felt rolled up and stitched down the side. Leave a tail of thread for later.

Aren't the tops adorable already? The stems however resemble nothing more than a bunch of tampons, ha ha. Don't worry, we'll fix that right up.

You can make the tops several ways. Pictured first is one you'd turn inside out so the seam was on the inside. This would be good if you were using fabric but I found it unnecessary for felt.

Fold the circle in half, insert the needle at the fold with the knot on the inside of the mushroom cap.

Stitch down the sides leaving a tail of thread like so

If you are more of a perfectionist you can make the point of the cap a little tidier by cutting a tiny little notch at the fold.

The first stitch or two will go over the notch creating a more rounded point.

It's a subtle difference.

Once the tops are together cut circles of felt for the underside of the mushrooms caps. Just guesstimate the correct size, you don't have to be precise.

Using the tail of thread you left on the stem, attach it to the circle. You can optionally add stitches to represent gills if you wish.

Using the tail of thread you left on the mushroom cap, stitch it to the circle. If the circle is slightly smaller in circumference than the cap, simply ease the fabrics together to make them fit. It's totally fine if the cap gets gathered slightly, it will hardly be noticeable at all. Add a little stuffing in the cap once you've stitched part way round.

I added more gills to some, less to others, and grass to the base of one.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with them all. Got any ideas?

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